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"Farmers can grow dates and even bananas" is a mnemonic device used for teaching the sequence of the appearance of sharp notes in a musical key signature for a diatonic scale. Each word represents the next sharp note in the sequence: if a diatonic scale has exactly one sharp, that sharp will be F (as is the case for G Major (modern ionian mode), E natural minor (modern aeolian mode), or D mixolydian mode. If there are exactly two sharps, they will be F and C. If there are five sharps, they will be F, C, G, D, A.

The sequence of flat notes is derived by reversing this list: the first flat to appear in a key signature is B, then E, then A, D, G, C, F.

Non-diatonic scales such as the harmonic minor and flamenco (major phrygian) mode do not have mnemonic devices of this nature, because the appearance of sharps and flats in these modes is non-sequential. For example, A harmonic minor features a G sharp and no other sharp or flat keys, but D harmonic minor…

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Spellslinger and its subsequent novels are a fantasy series by Sebastian de Castell that takes place in the same universe as his Greatcoats series, but on a different continent, and requires no knowledge of the other series to enjoy.

The books in the series are:

    Spellslinger (2017)
    Shadowblack (2017)
    Charmcaster (2017)
    Soulbinder (2018)
    Queenslayer (2019)
    Crownbreaker (2019)

As well as the…

The オトイズム or Otoizm, released by the video game company Konami in 2006 in Japan, is an electronic device in the virtual pet genre of toys, which includes Tamagotchi and Digimon brand Digivice toys (released beginning in 1996-1997 by the Japanese toy company Bandai) and Giga Pet (released by Tiger Electronics in the United States in 1997). The Otoizm is sized and shaped almost identically to a modern plastic yo-yo, and it comes in white, hot pink, or black. It has three large…

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